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  • Keepers: Honda S2000—Shopping (1943 views)

    By Christopher Smith on June 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    Traditionally, even well maintained sports cars tend to be maintenance-heavy due to their high-strung personalities. There is good news, however, for all you would-be Honda S2000 owners, because the S2000—aside from being a high-strung sports car—is still a Honda. That means high levels of reliability despite its performance car status.

  • List: 2009 Lotus Elise SC from Las Vegas to Menlo Park, the Hard Way (1273 views)

    By Rex Roy on June 01, 2009 12 a.m.

    Recently, Winding Road mainstay Rex Roy took a pretty magical two-day drive from Las Vegas, Nevada to Menlo Park, California in a 2009 Lotus Elise SC. Not one to let the time pass idly; Rex captured some amazing photographs along the way. Click through the gallery above where Rex narrates his journey for our benefit. Trust us, this was a good one.

  • Blog: Getting Environmental Policy Right (361 views)

    By Tom Martin on May 27, 2009 12 a.m.

    ’ve said that the domestic automakers will emerge from their recent financial difficulties in better shape than in recent memory. My point in that blog was that the so-called bailout of the Detroit Three is the news, but it isn’t the key issue. The Detroit Three will restructure and emerge in decent shape. I’ve also said we should care about what happens after that point. That’s because if there’s one lesson from the problems of the automakers it should be that apparently simple decisions often have lasting negative consequences. What we are deciding now are the policies for 7-20 years ...

  • List: The Top Ten Motorcycle Helmets by Owner Satisfaction (737 views)

    By Seyth Miersma on May 27, 2009 12 a.m.

    J.D. Power and Associates has recently completed a customer survey, which asks users which motorcycle helmets are the most satisfying. While we tend to be pretty satisfied by any helmet that keeps our brains soundly inside of our heads, The JDP folks clearly chose to dig deeper. The survey measured satisfaction based on three key factors: ventilation, face shield, and design and styling. Helmet owners were asked for ratings on eleven attributes:

  • Keepers: Honda S2000 (802 views)

    By Christopher Smith on May 26, 2009 12 a.m.

    In the broad realm of performance motoring, there are essentially three classifications of enthusiasts: Those who seek pure power, those who seek pure finesse, and those who seek a balance of the two. For those seeking finesse, top-down sports motoring doesn’t get much better than the Honda S2000, and while the high-revving, 240 horsepower four banger under hood won’t satisfy the power hungry, it does propel the S2000 with enough punch to get an inexperienced driver into trouble, and boy does it sound good doing it.

  • Driven: 2010 Lexus HS250h (479 views)

    By Jason Christa on May 26, 2009 12 a.m.

    Don’t call it a Prius. First of all, the Lexus HS250h only gets a combined fuel economy average of 35 miles per gallon, compared to the Prius’s 50. They appeal to separate segments, have different engines, and the HS has many features unavailable to the Prius. The two cars even look totally different. The HS has had enough of being compared to its downmarket Toyota cousin.

  • First Look: 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo (495 views)

    By Steven J. Ewing on May 22, 2009 12 a.m.

    We first saw the BMW 5-Series GT Concept at this year's Geneva Motor Show, but now the official images and details about the Funky Five have been released, set for a 2010 model year debut. In a way, the 5 GT follows in the footsteps of the BMW X6 in the world of gender-bending vehicles. The GT will fall in between the new 5-Series sedan and wagon in terms of interior volume and size.

  • Blog: A New Lease on Life for Detroit (385 views)

    By Tom Martin on May 21, 2009 12 a.m.

    The daily headlines have been full of news about the bailout of the U.S. auto industry from its various problems. As interesting as such details are, I’d like to suggest that they aren’t the important part of the story for automotive enthusiasts. In a dramatically changing automobile industry, what we’ve witnessed up ‘til now is more like the preparation for the invasion of Iraq. We’re entering the phase where we actually invade. But the hard parts and the decisive parts start after that. Or, if you prefer a happier analogy, we’ve been witnessing the prep for the wedding. Now we’re ...

  • SVT Contours Star At Spring Zing (952 views)

    By Christopher Smith on May 19, 2009 12 a.m.

    Ford’s Tempo replacement in the mid-1990s only had a six-year production run, but when engineers from Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) got their hands on the Contour for the 1998 model year, few people could’ve anticipated the cult following that would follow.

  • Driven: 2010 Lexus IS Convertible (596 views)

    By John Beltz Snyder on May 18, 2009 12 a.m.

    We love convertibles, as our readers probably already know. So when Lexus asked us to take the new IS C for a spin, we happily obliged. The motto for the drop-top version of the IS is “Live a little, a lot.” With this in mind, and with sunscreen at hand, we headed to the Southern California coast for some top-down driving.